Sights and sounds of Bangkok – June 2008

Had a jaunt in ever-bustling Bangkok just a couple of weeks ago, and decided to share some pics. Ok, there are no sounds to accompany since I didn’t take any videos, but here goes.

Wat Po (วัดโพธิ์) — Also known as the Temple of the Reclining Buddha or Wat Phra Chetuphon (วัดพระเชตุพน), it is an important Buddhist temple adjacent to the Grand Palace. The temple is also known as the birthplace of Thai massage, and the complex houses a Thai massage school.

Vimanmek Palace ( วิมานเมฆ) — Otherwise known as the Vimanmek Mansion, it was built on royal command by King Rama V (King Chulalongkorn) in 1900. Constructed without using a single nail, Vimanmek Mansion is the world’s largest golden teakwood mansion with its elaborate architectural style reflecting a western influence. Since 1932, it has housed a collection of gifts given to King Rama V from royalties, governments, and personages from various parts of the world.

Suvarnabhumi Airport (ท่าอากาศยานสุวรรณภูมิ) — After numerous delays and more that two decades in the planning, Suvarnabhumi–roughly translatable to mean “the golden kingdom”–finally opened in 2006. The airport interior adopts a stark, post-modernist industrial look, but may come across as unfinished to some. Almost as soon as it was opened, Thai airport authorities realized that it was already operating at near full-capacity, and decided to reopen the former international airport, Don Mueang, for domestic flights.